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Tue, Mar 28th, 2017 10:13:01 AM
Topic: Third Time the Charm? Vok 3

Probably much to the chagrin of rippon-boswells owner and chief rug pundit detlef maltzhan the third and final tranche of Ignazio Voks collection dispersal sale will take place on March 25th 2017.

We say chagrin because selling Voks collection has provided maltzahn with enough material to sell to pay his rent and expenses, and probably make himself a few euro for two years.

But unless maltzahn has another collection up his sleeve he now faces the same problem every other auctioneer in the rug game is grappling with --- where to find rugs good enough, and reasonably priced enough, to sell to rugDUMBs ever dwindling customer base.

But thats not maltzahns only problem, as clearly trying to raise the level of his game to attract more and better buyers is another sinkhole. Or, at least, so are his attempts to try to entice the clients he already has to spend more and more energetically.

It seems plain darn obvious to us the inclusion of several essays in the catalog is his gallerys attempt to become more scholarly and scientific. Damnation dont we hate that word when it is associated with totally unscientific rugworld jabberings like maltzahn used in an advertisement RK saw to describe these essays.

We have not read them so we cannot comment, but we are quite confident saying the essay written by Dr. Ulrich Trck on Anatolian kilims --The Origin of Anatolian Kilim Designsis one that will be as easy to pick apart as an over-cooked soup-chicken's leg.

Nuff said about that, and when we get the time to dig into our copy of the catalog we will prove our prediction, or have egg on our face. But, seriously, we highly doubt the latter and will be glad to bet the barn on the former.

As for the selection of items in the sale?

Once again, like the two previous outings, some of the suzani will sell very well, others will not. Frankly the estimates are too aggressive and we doubt the suzani sale rate, and the overall one as well, in this sale will equal the previous ones.

And true to form the Vok kelims are less than exciting and will do poorly for sure.

We are not going to waste our time commenting on the sale any further, however, we cannot resist mentioning the following, lot 181.

Lot 181, so-called Khalaja kelim

As you all know RK has been collecting and researching kelims for 50 years but we have never heard this moniker attached to any kelim. Forget any other weaving.

So Herr Houdini-maltzahn pulling this name out of his hat aint no amazing trick. Fact is its nothing but another of his ouchbellyflops.

Why a turko-clown like detlef maltzahn has to consistently try to prove his command of the carpet world idiom by attaching spurious and absurd provenances is way beyond RKs ability to explain it.

In the catalog description maltzahn tries to justify his ridiculous Khalaj assertion with the following:

This single-panel kilim a coarse and heavy weaving on a dark brown wool warp is from one of the many villages of Khalajestan, a region situated some 50 kilometres south of the city of Saveh. Sadighi writes that Karim Khan, the first ruler of the Zand dynasty, settled the Turkic Khalaj nomads there ca. 1790, and that subsequently they became sedentary. Khalaj kilims are easily identified by their dark colours and distinctive diamonds with deeply incised, sharply serrated outlines, a design reminiscent of the parmakli motifs of Afyon in West Anatolia.

What is wrong with this picture no-van-Gogh maltzahn is trying to paint?

Basically everything from the generalized technical description coarse, heavy weaving on dark brown wool warps to the alleged easy identification dark colors and distinctive diamonds with deeply incised, sharply serrated outlines.

These criteria are first off too general to base any attribution on, and secondly describe a host of other kelim flatweaves that surely are not from maltzhans mythic Khalajestan.

He is correct this kelim shares visual criteria with kelim from Afyon, and other neighboring areas that used the parmakli(finger) pattern, but that is the only piece of information dopey detlef the wanna-be rug expurt conveys in this lots dubious notes.

Finishing off his spiel with its A rare and visually outstanding example is laughable.

Everyone, even the most novice collector, knows a rare and outstanding Anatolian kelim is a very valuable article, well that is if it truly is rare and outstanding. Something this sows ear of one surely is not regardless of motor-mouth maltzhans attempts to gild this lily and a whole pant-full of other mediocre, uninteresting, late and boring flatweaves in this sale.

We sincerely doubt his sale will be as successful as the previous two, and Mr Voks return on his investment will be nil, and the return of his investment will likewise be a negative.

Had he stuck only to suzani Vok would have been a winner but he stupidly fell for the bullshit, self-serving, Anatolian kelim sales talk udo hirsch, bertram frauenknecht, jorg rageth and others fed him. Foolish man.

No problem for Vok, he is a rich man whose pocketbook can afford the loss.

But his reputation as a great collector? Now then thats another thing

Author: jc
Tue, Mar 28th, 2017 10:13:01 AM

Hello Matthias:

As someone famous once said about the half empty glass of water, "It's half full".

The price that Yunchu kelim made is really not excessive on the one hand, but on the other it could be seen so as you have just written.

What we are saying, and will soon expand on, is the market for Anatolian kelim is a strong one, however, until a masterpiece example is sold publicly the prices will never be equal to their real value.

This Yunchu is a perfect example.

No Yunchu is a masterpiece, none is very old either.

They, like many other types of 'hotly' pursued collector rug, are a type that is plentiful, relatively, and common enough to create some type of market for them. There are mediocre examples, and better ones but no really great one.

This is because they are a degenerate type that is easily proven to be a later pastiche 'version' of an archetype.

Vok's Yunchu had a number of things going for it -- first his imprimatur, second good strong color, small size making it easy to display, and relatively good condition.

So these and other factors pushed buyers to buy it and 30K is no big deal in the larger scheme of auction prices. Also the 'modern' stark look, which appeals to certain 'arty' type buyers was also a driving force.

Vok's Yunchu was an older one for this type of kelim. But it, nor any other Yunchu kelim, is earlier than the 18th century.

Frankly, RK finds them boring, repetitive and uninteresting.We have never owned one nor will we ever. We own the real thing, the Anatolian kelim archetypes from which the Yunchu group has been developed.

All the earliest Yunchu kelim are at best from our late Classic period age bracket. And this is where we would date Vok's.

OK, so if a Yunchu like Vok's bring 30,000 euro plus what would a really great early Anatolian kelim from the Archaic period bring?

The record price for any Anatolian kelim in public sale we know is 60,000 dollars plus buyer premium. And that record was achieved in the middle 1980's.

If you want to know RK's opinion we are not afraid to state today one would bring 100,000 - 150,000 euro plus.

But do not worry, no Archaic period kelim will be selling anytime soon, or for that matter probably ever.

We will revisit this topic, "what is a great, early, archetype Anatolian kelim worth', in our soon to be published Vok Collection Anatolian kelim review.

Stay tuned....

Author: matthias wohlgemuth
email: [email protected]
Sat, Mar 25th, 2017 12:48:32 PM

I find EUR 30'000 (excl. premium) for the small Ync-kilim lot no. 236: rather impressive!!!

Author: jc
Sat, Mar 25th, 2017 12:41:28 PM

The results are in: a spectacular 93% sell rate.

That's an most impressive figure these days when auctions with carpet and related weavings rarely break the 50% barrier.

But hanging just below is the fact besides the successful prices the Suzani reached, those for the kelim were completely unimpressive and in fact in some instances dirt cheap.

Masterpiece flatweave especially slit-tapesry, aka kelim, and soumak, especially khorjin aka "saddle bags", are far rarer than masterpiece Suzani. And when considering only early, aka pre-1800, ones even rarer.

These weavings are so rare that in the entire Vok collection there was NOT one. So if that does not tell the story you're not listening or even awake.

Throughout the three tranches of the Vok collection sale there were a number of excellent and a few great Suzani, and they all brought respectably high prices.

There was, however, no record price established for a Suzani, but for a number of sub-types record prices were established.

Same was far from true concerning flatweaves. Again this difference due to their comparitive rarity to Suzani, and the simple fact Vok never got near to acquire anything great enough to qualify as a masterpiece.

The price in the three Vok auctions, or any other for that matter, were a direct reflection of this situation.

RK intends, as time permits, to provide an overview analysis of the kelim sold in the Vok collection. One which we trust will set the record straight on what a masterpiece kelim is or is not, and what one is actually worth.

So stay tuned...more to come

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